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Proposing and having approved your project topic. (2 references) (Week 1) Researching two publicly traded companies, and comparing and contrasting their methods of handling a significant change in their organizations. Analyze and write about images of change in those organizations. (4 new references) (Week 2) Diagnosing the change in those companies and their barriers and resistors. (4 new references) (Week 4) Analyzing and creating applications for a change project communication based on the change in one of your researched companies. (2 new references) (Week 6)

Objectives

This course project will help you utilize the concepts in this class, by doing a thorough analytical and in depth review and comparison of “change” in two companies. You will accomplish this project through 5 deliverables in the course:

  1. Proposing and having approved your project topic. (2 references) (Week 1)
  2. Researching two publicly traded companies, and comparing and contrasting their methods of handling a significant change in their organizations. Analyze and write about images of change in those organizations. (4 new references) (Week 2)
  3. Diagnosing the change in those companies and their barriers and resistors. (4 new references) (Week 4)
  4. Analyzing and creating applications for a change project communication based on the change in one of your researched companies. (2 new references) (Week 6)
  5. Utilize multiple references using online research, Keller Graduate School of Management’s live or online libraries, perhaps your public library for print resources, and any other primary or secondary research source you feel would be appropriate for this project. You will complete an annotated bibliography at the end of the term of strong references to support your findings. At least 12 total references used in the project. (All term – bibliography due Week 7).
Important Note!
Note! Keller Librarians are a wealth of information – and will help you find sources. Using the chat feature you can talk to them about what you need to find, and they will teach you how to use the library!

Do not use Wikipedia as a reference source. If you find useful information from Wikipedia, triangulate your research and find other, more credible source(s) which provide the same (or better) information, and then utilize the information from that more credible source in your paper and reference page/bibliography. Your project will have five separate parts, due throughout the term. It will incorporate the learning of the course as we go through – and hopefully will cement the process for you. At the end of the term, your final exam will contain 4 randomly selected Change Management questions based on YOUR Course Project companies and research findings as related to the course content, as well as other questions (multiple choice and essay) which are not specifically related to your project (but are related to Change Management course content!). Thus, the initial “topic selection” where you pick the companies you will research throughout the term is critical for you to ensure you are interested enough in the material that it will keep you engaged throughout the term. Here are some examples:

Example: Both Ford and GM experienced serious issues during the pre, during and post TARP period causing them to restructure and change how they do business. Each of them reacted to these pressures differently. A paper comparing and contrasting the way both companies reacted to this pressure would be very interesting and easy to set up in an organized fashion. Further, utilizing the images grid, you can discuss how they did handle these pressures (using which image) and how a different style of leader (image) might have handled it differently.

Example: Both HP and Home Depot have had issues with selecting a new CEO for their company. Reviewing the last 10 years of CEO history, a paper comparing and contrasting the pressures involved, and how they impacted the overall productivity of the companies would be sustainable throughout the term.

Example: Review any two companies in the airline industry, their entrance into (and possibly their completion of) bankruptcy, and how they handled the changes through management as a result. (i.e. United Airlines and American Airlines)

Example: Review any two companies who have recently been through some part of Merger and Acquisition change and how they handled the culture changes.

Example: Review any two companies who have had industry changes and how they have reacted either successfully, or unsuccessfully and how their reactions perhaps resulted in their success or failure. (i.e. Yahoo vs. IBM)

These are simply illustrative – you can do research and find any of many companies and topics of change which could work for this paper – and you are encouraged to do so. If you have questions or need more ideas, please ask your Professor for help!

Part 1: Topic Selection (Due Week 1)

Pick out your two companies and their change. In 1 double spaced page, please submit your company selections, with a brief write-up on the changes you will be comparing in the two companies. Pick two companies which have undergone some type of fairly substantial change in the recent past. Find the company and the change information online, using EBSCO, or using a company’s case described somewhere in our textbook. (See page 388 of the textbook index for page numbers and names of each of the cases described in the textbook.) Other ways to find information: utilize Google or Yahoo Finance, or Reuters, and look up Annual Reports of companies which interest you. Often reading the first sections of these reports (i.e. letters from CEO’s) will give you ideas about changes they have gone through in the past year(s). Be sure that:

  1. Your companies are publicly traded so that their information will be easy to research and find
  2. Your change in the two companies are comparable (i.e. don’t compare a new CEO to a change in HRIS – DO compare two changes in CIO) and
  3. The changes happened in the recent past so that you will find plenty of online information about how they were handled, but not so recent that the information about the change “results” is still up in the air.

Your topic will be graded/approved and returned to you so that you know your topic will work for the course. You must get approval to move forward with your project. This section will be worth 25 points and must have at least two references. How this will be graded:

Item Total points
Topic includes two companies which have undergone a somewhat similar type of change over the past 10 years (or longer if you have plenty of information about it)

5

Write up sufficiently tells the instructor the names of the companies, the information you have found about the changes, and why you find this project topic interesting

15

Includes at least two references to articles or items about the companies and the change

5

Total Points

25

Part 2: The Change Analysis – Images of Change (Due Week 2)

The “Images” section focuses on the six different images of managing change and how each “approach” to change effects all that follows in its implementation and continued support. Download the “Week 2 Project Images Grid” from doc-sharing. Pick three of the “images of change” explained in the Week 2 lecture from the grid, and analyze how those particular “images” would affect the ensuing diagnosis and implementation in your two selected companies on their change plans. Here’s what to do:

  1. Working with the information that you provided in your topic proposal, and any feedback you have received from your Professor, flesh out the facts and information from your original proposal.
  2. Review the changes in each company and describe them thoroughly in a word document. Explain how the change impacted the companies, and who it impacted. Compare some of the similarities and differences between the change in the two companies.
  3. Look at your grid and pick three images of change from your grid. Fill out the empty blocks on the grid for those three images using outlines, bullet points, and rough ideas for both company’s change.
  4. Now, in a Word document, analyze, compare and contrast the three images and explain how the behaviors of those images would be different or the same during your companies’ changes, and how those differences could (or did) impact the success (or failure) of the change, comparing and contrasting the results at both companies.
  5. Explain which image (or combination of images) you feel would have best facilitated the described change and why.
  6. Based on the information you actually read about the results of this change, state which image you think the leader of the change actually resembled the most. You may speculate here on which image you feel best represents the “change agent” at either or both of the companies. This will depend on how much information you found about the internal workings of the company during the change.

This paper should focus on evidence that demonstrates how the management of the organization integrated one or more of the six images of managing change (Chapters 2 and 3) how effective the change was and what management could have done differently to increase the probability of successfully implementing the strategic change initiative. Again, this is a compare and contrast paper – so include information about both companies in your report. Grading rubric for paper #2 – Change Images

Item Total points
Properly filled out and submitted change grid showing your initial analysis and notes.

10

Two companies selected, “briefed”, and referenced.

20

Thorough description of the change explained

20

Comparison of the two companies, similarities/differences of the changes and the results

25

Image analysis

25

At least 4 new references, properly cited.

10

Total Points

110

This paper could be as short as 3 pages or as long as 7. Use APA formatting (double spaced, decent font.) Include your references on the final page. You should have at least 4 additional/new outside references, excluding the textbook. References should be scholarly.

Part 3: Diagnosing the Change (Due Week 4)

Select a Diagnostic Model (see Chapter Five) that you utilize to review aspects of change activities and actions that have been taken by the companies chosen. Here we are looking at the “parts” of the companies as well as their strategies, as surmised by your research in Part 1. It is acknowledged that this information will not be complete, as you are looking at these companies as an outsider; but a thoroughly researched paper will give enough data to allow some (well-defended) assumptions on your part. Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose one Diagnostic Model (i.e. 6-box, 7S, congruence, or etc.) to apply to the two chosen companies. Choose the model which you feel best identifies and measures the relevant aspects of the organization’s performance and therefore the diagnostic choices made will affect your findings.
  2. Apply the data obtained in your research through an analysis of the appropriate chosen model. This will allow you to create a diagnosis of where each company is today (as per the criteria of the model).
  3. Create a SWOT Analysis for each of the two chosen companies change plans/programs, utilizing information obtained in the diagnosis. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats.)
  4. Compare the two company analyses to each other and offer your perspective (value judgment) of the effectiveness of the changes made to date in each case.
  5. Identify potential areas of resistance that may occur and at least one strategy to respond to each. (This will most likely come from your Weaknesses/Threats section of your SWOT. If not, take another look at your SWOT.)
  6. Write your paper including each of the above sections, and analyses

Grading rubric for paper #3 – Diagnosing the Change:

Item Total points
A comprehensive review of the Change Diagnostic model chosen that details the components included as well as some background about the model itself through research from the author(s).

20

Your rationale defending why you chose that particular model. You can utilize a review of internal/external pressures that have affected the companies chosen.

20

A SWOT analysis that you created based on the above.

20

Potential areas of resistance that were encountered or that you anticipate may be encountered and possible actions to minimize the negative effects of such resistance.

20

Recommendations for further actions within the organizations and the rationale chosen for these recommendations.

20

Use of 4 new references, properly cited.

10

Total Points

110

Part 4: Communicating the Change (Due Week 6)

An important part of any change project is how the change is communicated to the organization, to the change agents, to the line workers, to the customers, and to the public. Along with media relations issues, communicating change (especially in a publicly traded company) can involve multiple legal and regulatory aspects, as well as personnel and management concerns. Perhaps the single most difficult piece of handling Kotter’s “establish a sense of urgency” is that too many inexperienced or immature change agents read this to mean “panic the troops.” Never do this. This project piece will have 3 parts:

  1. The main part of your project this week will ask you to pick ONE of the company’s change plan, and develop a communication plan for the company. This plan should be submitted by using an excel spreadsheet, setting out the Stakeholders, the timeline of the communication plan, the method of communication, the rationale for why you chose this method of communication, the purpose of the communication and identifying “who” will do the communicating. The grid for this project can be found in doc-sharing, entitled “Grid for Week 6 – Communication Plan.”
  2. Pick ONE of the communication pieces which you would have used which is listed in your communication plan, and write the communication in a Word document (either the text or the script, if the communication would have been oral.) Be sure to review the Week 6 lecture and the examples of communication plans and types there for more assistance on this piece of the project. If you use any form of communication from templates you find online or in a textbook, be sure to cite your source. Your instructor will grade this based on how well it relates to the audience/stakeholder group to which it is intended.
  3. The “real world” aspect of this project is that you will write a 1-2 page analysis of one of the media pieces about one of the company’s changes written (or provided via oral media) by the company. For this section of the project, please analyze any media, news, or other communications which explained the change going on in the organization. Explain in your paper how the company handled communicating the change to its stakeholders.

Grading rubric for Part 4 – Communicating the Change

Item Content item Content points available
Excel spreadsheet grid ID of stakeholders

8

Timeline of communication

8

Type of communication

8

Rationale

20

ID correct communicator

8

At least 4 Communication pieces listed on spreadsheet (no more than 6)

8

Your analysis of the actual communication plan as seen from the “public eye.”

20

Your sample communication piece.

20

Your reference page (at least 2 new references)

10

Total Points

110

More details about grading your excel spreadsheet:

  1. You have properly identified the appropriate stakeholders
  2. The timeline of your communication shows understanding of reality and attempt to be honest while ensuring no panic and production/service not interrupted.
  3. The type of communications described show that you have a good grasp of proper, business communications
  4. The rationale behind the communication makes sense
  5. You have properly identified the “right” communicator for the communication

Part 5 – Annotated Bibliography (Due Week 7)

List of all of your references you used in the project to date (you should have at least 12 at this point) and create an annotated bibliography. Basically, for this assignment, you will use your reference list, in alphabetical order, and provide a 2-4 sentence summary (brief!!) of what that reference said. This is a summary style document! Your grade will be based on your ability to BRIEFLY summarize the important points in the document as well as the strength of your reference materials. (i.e. if you used mainly low-level reference documents like encyclopedias, online dictionaries, anonymous articles, etc. this will negatively impact your grade.)

  1. Use of at least 12 references, properly annotated: 24 points (roughly 2 points each)
  2. Strength of references overall: 6 points (roughly .5 points each.)
  3. Use of one of the 5 Keller-approved citation methods
Grading Rubric
Points per item: Total points possible:
Use of 12 references (at least)

1

12

Brief summary (2-4 sentences tops!)

1

12

Strength of references

.5

6

Proper use of one of the 5 Keller-approved citation methods

Not applicable

5

Total Points

35

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In this assignment you will apply what you have learned about mixed methodology from the readings and the Assignment 1 discussion to your own research question. If your research question is best answered using Mixed methodology, stick with it and complete the critique below. If not, how might you alter your question so that it may be answered using mixed methodology?

Your research question may or may not be appropriately answered using a Mixed methodology model. In this assignment you will apply what you have learned about mixed methodology from the readings and the Assignment 1 discussion to your own research question. If your research question is best answered using Mixed methodology, stick with it and complete the critique below. If not, how might you alter your question so that it may be answered using mixed methodology? Although research is driven by questions, for this assignment we are going to turn it around so we may explore the benefits and differences of various types of methodologies. Adjust your question to fit a mixed methods design and complete the critique below.

For Example: In assignments M4A2 and M5A2 you may have had to change your research question so that it should be answered using a different design. The example questions included, “What are the perceptions of students regarding their experiences with faculty mentors”, best answered using qualitative research, and “What types of interactions do students value most with their faculty mentors?”, best answered using quantitative research. Both of the questions would produce information about the topic of effective mentoring of graduate students. In a mixed methods design there is value and need to gather both quantitative and qualitative data. In this case the qualitative interviews could help provide not only greater insight into the results of the quantitative data, but could provide necessary information if the final goal was to help faculty understand their students’ needs. Note that the mixed methods researcher must determine whether concurrent or sequential data collection will best suit the purposes of the study.  (See Creswell, Chapter on Mixed Methods Procedures: Timing)   complete the following research critique for the Mixed methods research you propose. 

  1. Research Topic:
  2. Purpose of the Study:
  3. Overarching Research Question:
  4. Specific Research Questions/ Hypotheses:
  5. Type of Study: Mixed Methods 
  • Mixed method design: (present the elements of quantitative and qualitative and describe how these compliment each other and why it is important to conduct this research as a mixed methods design. find a reason!)
  • Overarching Research Question:
  • Specific Research Questions:
  • Hypotheses:
  • Procedure: (How was the data collected? What was the sampling strategy used?)
  • Variables/Concepts:
  • Instrument(s) analysis:
  • Data analysis: Discuss the statistical software, if any, used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses included.
  • Consent: What type of consent, if any, will be obtained from the participants?

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria 
Maximum Points
Included research critique information including: research topic, purpose, overarching research question, and specific research questions.
4
Identified the mixed method research design. If appropriate, discussed design changes made to fit Mixed methodology.
6
Discussed the procedure.
4
Identified the Variables/Concepts.
4
Identified the instruments or means of data collection and discussed their reliability/validity/generalizability.
6
Discussed which types of statistical analysis or software that will be used in the study.
6
Discussed consent.
10
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. Followed APA rules for attributing sources.
5
Total:
45
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Describe a time when someone did not really listen to or understand a point you were trying to make. Describe the actions you took to try to help them understand your point. How do these actions apply to negotiations and sales?

Describe a time when you made a significant buying decision in your life. What were the factors that played a part in your decision? Was a sales person involved? If so, were they a factor in your decision? Why or why not?
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Discussion 5 
Describe a relationship you have with someone. What factors went into creating that relationship? Can any of these factors be the same in a negotiation or sales situation?
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Discussion 6 
Describe a time when someone did not really listen to or understand a point you were trying to make. Describe the actions you took to try to help them understand your point. How do these actions apply to negotiations and sales?
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Discussion 7 
Describe 2 different customer service experiences you have had in the past, one positive and one negative. What made the positive expereince good? What made the negative experience bad? What would you have done differently in each case?
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Describe 2 different customer service experiences you have had in the past, one positive and one negative. What made the positive expereince good? What made the negative experience bad? What would you have done differently in each case?

Describe a time when you made a significant buying decision in your life. What were the factors that played a part in your decision? Was a sales person involved? If so, were they a factor in your decision? Why or why not?
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Discussion 5 
Describe a relationship you have with someone. What factors went into creating that relationship? Can any of these factors be the same in a negotiation or sales situation?
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Discussion 6 
Describe a time when someone did not really listen to or understand a point you were trying to make. Describe the actions you took to try to help them understand your point. How do these actions apply to negotiations and sales?
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Describe 2 different customer service experiences you have had in the past, one positive and one negative. What made the positive expereince good? What made the negative experience bad? What would you have done differently in each case?
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Are current labor laws capable of dealing with labor-management problems, or should they be abolished? If they should be abolished, with what should they be replaced (if anything)?

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Mixed method design: (present the elements of quantitative and qualitative and describe how these compliment each other and why it was important or was not important, to conduct this research as a mixed methods design.) Procedure: (How was the data collected? What was the sampling strategy used?) Variables/Concepts: (Identify the Dependent and Independent Variables or confounds.) Instrument(s) analysis: (Discuss reliability, validity and generalizability of the measures included in the study and/or discuss methods for collecting data. Discuss how rigor is assured.) Data analysis: (Discuss the statistical software, if any, used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses included.) Consent: (What type of consent, if any, was obtained from the participants?)

In this module we expanded our knowledge about mixed methodology. By Saturday, October 3, 2015 complete the following manuscript research critique for the Mixed Method research article you selected in Module 1. Provide feedback to at least two of your peers by Monday, October 5, 2015.

Manuscript Reference: Type of Study: Mixed Method

  • Research Topic:
  • Purpose of the Study:
  • Theoretical Framework: (Identify the theoretical/conceptual framework)
  • Specific Research Questions/ Philosophical Underpinnings:

Sample:

  • Mixed method design: (present the elements of quantitative and qualitative and describe how these compliment each other and why it was important or was not important, to conduct this research as a mixed methods design.)
  • Procedure: (How was the data collected? What was the sampling strategy used?)
  • Variables/Concepts: (Identify the Dependent and Independent Variables or confounds.)
  • Instrument(s) analysis: (Discuss reliability, validity and generalizability of the measures included in the study and/or discuss methods for collecting data. Discuss how rigor is assured.)
  • Data analysis: (Discuss the statistical software, if any, used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses included.)
  • Consent: (What type of consent, if any, was obtained from the participants?)

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria 
Maximum Points
Included research manuscript critique including: Type of study, topic, purpose, theoretical framework, philosophical underpinnings, and sample.
3
Identified the mixed method research design.
4
Discussed the procedure.
4
Identified the Variables/Concepts.
4
Identified the instruments or means of data collection and discussed their reliability/validity/generalizability.
6
Discussed which types of statistical analysis or software used in the study.
6
Discussed consent.
3
Responded in a significant manner to at least two postings.
6
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. Followed APA rules for attributing sources.
4
Total:
40
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The planning for the community building session is almost complete. The last details are how to conduct the plenary sessions for sharing information across groups to develop key priorities and themes that will need to be addressed. There are 2 sessions that need to be planned. One is to review the work done by intact work teams. In this larger session, the goal is to spot patterns and identify themes that can be used to plan actions. These patterns or themes will come from the stop–continue–start charts developed by each functional group. In this way, not only will the changes that need to happen be identified, but aspects of effective work (those things that work well and should be continued) can also be reinforced. The external consulting team strongly recommended a “cross-functional, by-level grouping” for the first step. Their aim is to promote understanding of priorities and show how different issues at different levels of the organization can be aligned. The internal consulting team is excited about being the primary facilitators for these sessions. Everyone recognizes that a structured approach will be critical (for timing and to control decision–making inputs). The approach called Nominal Group Technique (NGT) seems to be ideally suited to this task. You want to prepare yourself for conducting the session. Use the library, Internet, or other resources to research NGT. Because each grouping will be of a differing size, you want to tailor the overall steps of NGT to the situation you will facilitate. To do this, you must create a meeting session plan (a document of 4–5 pages) that will answer the following questions:

  • What is the goal of the session?
  • How will the nominal group technique be used to achieve this goal?
  • How will the members of the team work together (guidelines for effective participation)?
  • What specific steps and tasks will be involved in achieving the goal?
  • How much time will be allocated to each step or task? What voting mechanism is most appropriate for the size of the group and the specific stage of the process?
  • What will the outcome look like? What will the group present to the other levels?
  • NGT outline
    CROSS FUNCTIONAL (BY LEVEL) SESSION (for end of day one) GOAL: Organize themes to discuss with total group that identify what we do well and what needs to change. Assign priorities to these themes: their importance at the specific level of organization for which the cross functional team is composed. Total time available: 2–2 1⁄2 hours. Process nominal group technique: o Describe what NGT is and how it works in general terms. On one page, create your facilitator notes for what you will say and show to the group to complete this task. Present a detailed step-by-step outline—with time frames—for the group to follow in achieving the overall goal. o Describe how you would have the team group items together. (One option would be to use colored markers and have people star like items by color. Another might be to have people assign common letters to like items starting a new letter for any new common theme.) o Based on the choice you made above, would it be an individual task or a controlled group task? The object is to create as much participation and sharing of valid information to increase understanding and build commitment to the overall result. o These steps will create a list of themes. The following steps will set priorities for all themes that relate to being targets for change. o What voting method would you use? You can assign each person a certain number of ―votes‖ to allocate across the items to set priorities or you can have each person mark each theme with a number or letter that indicates the level of the priority—for example, the ABC priority approach or HML (high, medium, and low priority) or a 1–10 scale where 10 is a key priority and 1 is a very low priority. o How do you summarize the results to create the top 3–5 issues to present to the overall group? Remember, you may need several rounds of ―voting and discussion‖ to end up with a few key priorities for action. Estimate how much time each would take and how many rounds you feel are necessary.
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Quantitative Research method design: survey, experimental, quasi-experimental, pretest/posttest control group, cross-sectional, longitudinal, etc. Instrument(s) analysis: Identify potential measures that will help to answer your research questions and discuss their reliability and validity. Data analysis: Discuss the statistical software, if any, that will be used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses that may be included. Discuss the anticipated generalizability of the results. Consent: What type of consent, if any, will be obtained from the participants?

Your research question may or may not be appropriately answered using Quantitative Research methodology. In this assignment you will apply what you have learned about quantitative methodology from the readings and the Assignment 1 discussion to your own research question. If your research question is best answered using Quantitative methodology, stick with it and complete the critique below. If not, how might you alter your question so that it may be answered using quantitative methodology? Although research is driven by questions, for this assignment we are going to turn it around so we may explore the benefits and differences of various types of methodologies. Adjust your question to fit a quantitative design and complete the critique below.

For example: The question “What are the perceptions of students regarding their experiences with faculty mentors” is best answered by gathering qualitative data through unstructured interviews via email correspondence. This question could become a quantitative question by altering the question to “What types of interactions do students value most with their faculty mentors?” To answer this quantitative question we could survey 250 students using an instrument identifying 15 functions of a faculty mentor on a likert scale (very helpful to not helpful). By Monday, September 21, 2015 complete the following dissertation critique for the Quantitative research you propose. 

  1. Research Topic:
  2. Purpose of the Study:
  3. Overarching Research Question:
  4. Specific Research Questions/ Hypotheses:
  5. Type of Study: Quantitative 
  6. Variables: Identify the Dependent and Independent Variables.
  7. Quantitative Research method design: survey, experimental, quasi-experimental, pretest/posttest control group, cross-sectional, longitudinal, etc.
  8. Instrument(s) analysis: Identify potential measures that will help to answer your research questions and discuss their reliability and validity.
  9. Data analysis: Discuss the statistical software, if any, that will be used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses that may be included. Discuss the anticipated generalizability of the results.
  10. Consent: What type of consent, if any, will be obtained from the participants?

*If your topic was not originally best suited for a quantitative design: What did you need to change to adjust your research to fit a quantitative design? How does this design address your overarching topic differently? Discuss the differences in the type of information you would gain by using this research design. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria 
Maximum Points
Included research topic, purpose of study, overarching research question/theory, specific research questions/philosophical underpinnings, methodological approach and sample.
4
Identified the quantitative research design. If appropriate, discussed design changes made to fit Quantitative methodology.
6
Discussed the procedure.
4
Identified the DV and IVs.
4
Identified the instruments and discussed their reliability/validity.
6
Discussed which types of statistical analysis or software may be used in the study; anticipated generalizability.
6
Discussed consent.
10
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. Followed APA rules for attributing sources.
5
Total:
45
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Discuss three ways in which you could create a group time around the story. Identify what standards from your state support these activities

There are many important and similar types of common activities in early childhood programs today. It is most effective for the experiences to be child-directed with positive outcomes. Six of the most common activities are:

  • Exploratory play
  • Guided discovery
  • Problem Solving
  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations
  • Direct Instruction

Select a developmentally appropriate picture book. Choose at least three of the above-listed activities and share specific examples of how you would implement them in your classroom.

  • Discuss three ways in which you could create a group time around the story.
  • Identify what standards from your state support these activities
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Assignment 1 Go to the website of the Federal Reserve Board (www.federalreserve.gov). Write a one-page (single-spaced, Times Roman font 12) report on the latest monetary policy actions based on your readings at the Federal Reserve website. Analyze the objectives of these monetary policy actions using the material in Chapter 14 (Money and Monetary Policy).

    Assignment 1   Go to the website of the Federal Reserve Board (www.federalreserve.gov). Write a one-page (single-spaced, Times Roman font 12) report on the latest monetary policy actions based on your readings at the Federal Reserve website. Analyze the objectives of these monetary policy actions using the material in Chapter 14 (Money and Monetary Policy).            

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